Minna Poranen


Description of research and teaching

Molecular biology of prokaryotic viruses, especially dsRNA viruses; virus assembly; in vitro self-assembly systems; RNA translocation and replication; exploitation and engineering of viral processes for synthetic biology applications; molecular evolution of nucleic acid and nucleotide processing enzymes of Bacteria, Archaea, Eukarya, and their viruses; viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerases.

Further information on the affiliationPrincipal Investigator in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences (2009-); Academy Research Fellow (2011-2016); Title of Docent in Molecular virology (2009-); Acting University Lecturer in Molecular Virology (2007-2011; part-time position); Principal Investigator in the Academy of Finland Research programme on Synthetic Biology (FinSynBio; 2013-2017); University Lecturer, Department of Biosciences (September 2016-)

Latest publications

  1. Synthetic biology approach for plant protection using dsRNA

    Niehl, A., Soininen, M., Poranen, M. M. & Heinlein, M., Sep 2018, In : Plant biotechnology journal. 16, 9, p. 1679–1687 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. A systems approach to study immuno- and neuro-modulatory properties of antiviral agents

    Zusinaite, E., Ianevski, A., Niukkanen, D., Poranen, M. M., Bjoras, M., Afset, J. E., Tenson, T., Velagapudi, V., Merits, A. & Kainov, D., 12 Aug 2018, In : Viruses. 10, 8, 13 p., 423

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Taxonomy of prokaryotic viruses: 2017 update from the ICTV Bacterial and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee

    Adriaenssens, E. M. , Wittmann, J. , Kuhn, J. H. , Turner, D. , Sullivan, M. B. , Dutilh, B. E. , Jang, H. B. , van Zyl, L. J. , Klumpp, J. , Lobocka, M. , Moreno Switt, A. I. , Rumnieks, J. , Edwards, R. A. , Uchiyama, J. , Alfenas-Zerbini, P. , Petty, N. K. , Kropinski, A. M. , Barylski, J. , Gillis, A. , Clokie, M. R. C. & 11 others Prangishvili, D., Lavigne, R., Aziz, R. K., Duffy, S., Krupovic, M., Poranen, M. M., Knezevic, P., Enault, F., Tong, Y., Oksanen, H. M. & Brister, J. R., Apr 2018, In : Archives of Virology. 163, 4, p. 1125-1129 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Viruses of Microbes 2018: EMBO conference on Viruses of Microbes V

    Poranen, M. (Speaker: Presenter)
    9 Jul 201813 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest prizes

  1. Excellence in Master Thesis Supervision Award, 2005

    Minna Poranen (Recipient), 23 Feb 2006

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Viikki Biocenter Dissertation Prize, 2000

    Minna Poranen (Recipient), 20 Nov 2000

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Novel RNA-mediated therapies for virus infections

    Hukkanen, V. & Poranen, M.

    Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation


    Project: Research project

  2. Viral RNA Replication Complexes and Transcripts as Targets for Antiviral Drug Discovery

    Poranen, M.

    Sigrid Juselius Foundation

    01/04/2016 → …

    Project: Research project_Research

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